By: Sandite Pride Editorial Board
Charles Page High School junior tailback Payton Scott was selected as this week's Sandite of the Week for his outstanding performance in the Highway 97 Rivalry football game last Friday.
Scott has been the Sandite workhorse this season, carrying 183 times for 687 yards and 7 touchdowns and has been in on nearly 60% of offensive plays this season.
The Sandites hosted Sapulpa Friday and dominated their foes 35-7. Scott carried 39 times for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns and accounted for just under 50% of the entire Sandite offense. He was aided by the powerful Sandite O-line which constantly opened up holes for him and in a few cases even pushed him forward for extra yardage.
Scott picked up a first down on the first offensive play of the game with a 17 yard rush to midfield. He went on to pick up a total 40 yards on a 72 yard drive before capping it off with a 2 yard touchdown run for the 7-0 lead.
On the second Sandite drive he totaled 40 yards once again, this time on even fewer carries thanks to a 27 yard run into the Chieftain redzone. Once again he had the scoring run from the one yard line to make it 14-0.
He didn't get long to rest as the salty Sand Springs defense forced a turnover less than two minutes later. He picked up a first down on the first snap with a ten yard run. On the next play he took a handoff from QB Hunter Greathouse, then reversed it back to Greathouse who threw a deep 46-yard pass to Kasey Bales at the three yard line. Greathouse scored on a keeper on that drive.
The Sandites got the ball to start the second half and needed less than two minutes to score thanks to yet another 40 yard drive by Scott, which included a thirty yard run and a five yard run to score and make it 35-0.
He saw a little more action throughout the game before Sand Springs started bringing in the backups, but he finished with his third-highest rushing game of his career and second best this season.
Sandite of the Week is a weekly recognition given to any one person with significant ties to the Sand Springs community who accomplishes remarkable achievements during the Sunday through Saturday week preceding the award. Prior achievements may be noted in the article, but do not bear direct influence on the selection committee which only considers prior week accomplishments. Candidates may be nominated by anyone by emailing SanditePrideNews@gmail.com. The award is not given to anyone in consecutive weeks, but any recipient may be nominated and awarded again in the future, so long as the weeks are not consecutive. Final selection is made by a majority vote of the Sandite Pride Editorial Board.
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